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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The kids got this great wooden table and chairs for Christmas. They have really enjoyed it. The other day I was looking at a Real Simple article on organizing clutter and saw a little chalkboard table sitting in the corner of the kitchen in one of the pictures. It had nothing to do with the article, but it caught my attention. I immediately knew I wanted to recreate that table with the little table we have. I've been curious about chalkboard paint for a while, just never ventured out to give it a try.
So here it goes.
Oh and while I was painting it on the stove top, I had another revelation.
I have a very small kitchen. We entertain a lot. Because of our limited table space I often have to serve our guest buffet style from the kitchen counter. There is just very limited space. I've often said I needed a butcher block or some kind of board to put over the sink to create more counter space when we are serving food. This little table is a fold up table and fits perfectly over the kitchen sink. So next time I need a little extra counter space I have the perfect solution... as long as kids are not using it to actually eat at.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Today was beautiful! I think it was only 40 degrees, but it felt like 75 to us!
As we turned the corner to head up our hill there was this red, wooden chair sitting up against the wall. Jack climbed up in it, sat back, unzipped his coat, and smiled a huge smile. He said for me to go on he would catch up with me in a few minutes. To us New Yorkers, and many others who have endured a very cold, snowy winter this far, today was simply refreshing.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Back in December Princess Lillie mastered the art of climbing out of the bed. And it was an art. She would push her bed away from the wall and throw her legs over the back of the crib. Then use the wall as some support as she shimmied her way down, eventually making her way to the floor. It got bad. She would come out of her crib 10 times at night before she ever fell asleep. Punishment did not phase her one bit. Elliott I don't think would have ever thought to do this on his own, but once he saw Lillie doing it he had to give it a try. You can see in the picture below how successful he was.
On more than one occasion I heard him crying and came in the room to find this. He never successfully made it to the ground. On a side note... if Jack ever climbs in their beds to play with them, he still calls me to get him out. He won't even climb out.
Anyway, the Sunday night before we went to TN for Christmas I decided for their safety to take the cribs down and let them just sleep on their mattresses. We would put them in "big kid" beds once we returned from traveling. It was a DISASTER. Actually it was worse than that. For 3 hours I was constantly putting them back in the bed. They were clearly not ready for it, but I could not let them keep climbing out or at least trying, in Elliott's case. It was just dangerous. So we put the pack-n-plays up and they slept in those that night. Lillie had to be put back in hers twice before she fell asleep and Elliott was so exhausted that he would not stop screaming. After a long, long time rocking him to calm him down, he fell asleep in our bed. It was BAD!
The next morning I told Freddy T. I was putting the beds back together and searching this city for a crib tent. I didn't care how much it cost or where I had to go to get it, we were getting one. I think he thought I was kind of crazy, but in my mind it was the only option. Thankfully the first store I called had a ton in stock, so that afternoon I purchased two.
The Crib Tent's are by far the best money I've spent on any single baby item ever. They have saved our sanity and our kids safety. The kids are fully enclosed in this mesh tent like thing cover their crib. The mattress actually sits inside the tent. There is no way for them to get out. It has worked like a charm. We even took them down and packed them in our suitcases and hauled them to TN. It was totally worth it.
Speaking of beds. Jack made mine this morning (unprompted by me), while I was drying my hair. It will probably drive me crazy all day, but I'm not touching it. I'm grateful he had it in his heart to help me out.